If you discover bed bugs infesting a piece of furniture within your home, it can be a mystery as to how those bugs got in, especially if you have routine service visits from a licensed pest management professional. But, before you get too mad at the pest company that does your exterior pest control, you should know that bed bugs are indoor pests. They didn't come into your home from your yard. Okay. So how did they get in then? Here's everything you need to know about how bed bugs spread.
Bed bugs are carried from an area of infestation to a new area to infest. It can happen in many ways, and it happens by accident.
- As a bed bug crawls around, it can crawl into an item that is worn or carried from one location to another, such as a bag, box, book bag, luggage item, pocket in an article of clothing, etc. This is likely to happen at night because bed bugs have a strong aversion to light. It can also happen when two items are placed close together during the day.
- A bed bug can be living inside an item, such as a mattress, box spring, bed frame, bed stand, or piece of furniture, and be moved from one location to another with the item. It is a wise idea to always check used items closely before bringing them into your home.
- A bed bug can lay eggs in an item that is carried. These eggs do not need the mother bed bug in order to hatch. This is likely to happen at night. Be cautious when you go anywhere to spend the night. Be sure to inspect your items thoroughly when you return home, and wash and dry all the clothing you brought with you. While traveling, some people take the extra precaution of putting their luggage in plastic bags, with a bread tie to seal them inside, so they don't have to worry about bed bugs getting into their stuff. But be aware that bed bugs can get into any item or lay eggs in an item before you remove it and place it in a protective bag.
Bed Bug Attractants
Have you heard that bed bugs infest dirty homes and dirty people? This couldn't be further from the truth. Bed bugs have no attraction to filth. Here's what attracts them.
Blood: These are blood-eating insects. They will live anywhere that provides them a food source.
Oils: Bed bugs are attracted to humans. The oils from our skin left on laundry items can be a strong attractant. They're not attracted to the dirty clothes, but the scent of your skin oils on them.
Tight spaces: Bed bugs love gaps, cracks, creases, seams, stitching, book bindings, and other tight spaces. These are important places to look for bed bugs and their eggs.
How To Prevent A Bed Bug Infestation
It is difficult to stop infestations before they occur because bed bugs can come into your Bradenton home on a relative, friend, next-door neighbor, or anyone who enters your home. They can also come into your home on you, your kids, and your kid's friends. Do you see the problem? You can't prevent bed bug infestations but you can significantly limit how long bed bugs will be allowed to torture you and your family if they do get into your home.
There are many reasons to call a pest professional when it comes to dealing with a bed bug infestation, but top of the list is that a professional will help you resolve your problem as quickly as possible and get you the results you want. If you try to go it alone, your bed bug problem could turn into a long ordeal.
If you're having trouble with bed bugs in Bradenton, reach out to Keller's Pest Control. We have the experience and education to eliminate those bugs. Our licensed pest professionals are standing by to help.